‘King of Kotha’ beats pre-sales record of ‘KGF 2’ in Kerala

The Dulquer-starrer will have 1,613 shows in 500 theatres across Kerala on day one. About 196,810 tickets have already been sold.

ByArjun Ramachandran

Published Aug 23, 2023 | 5:45 PMUpdatedAug 23, 2023 | 5:45 PM

King of Kotha creates record in pre sales

A day before its release, Dulquer Salmaan’s King of Kotha set a new record in pre-sales bookings on Wednesday, 23 August.

The pre-sales of the big-budget Malayalam film touched the 3-crore mark, thereby beating the earlier record created by the Malayalam version of the Kannada movie KGF 2 (2022). According to its makers, KGF 2 grossed collected ₹2.93 crore in pre-bookings.

The Dulquer-starrer also earned around ₹6 crore in its pre-sales worldwide.

The movie will be screened in 2,500 theatres across the globe. In Kerala, it will be screened in 500 theatres.

King of Kotha will have a remarkable number of 1,613 shows on day one. About 196,810 tickets have already been sold.

The movie features Aishwarya Lekshmi, Gokul Suresh, Shabeer Kallarakkal, and Prasanna in key roles. It will be released in five languages.

King of Kotha created a huge hype among movie lovers as Dulquer’s Malayalam movie is hitting the screens after a gap of two years. Kurup (2021) was his last theatrical release in Malayalam.

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Big hits needed for survival

Nivin Pauly in Ramachandra boss & Co

Nivin Pauly in ‘Ramachandra Boss & Co’. (Supplied)

Apart from King of Kotha, Ramachandra Boss & Co is the other big movie releasing for Onam this year. It is a crucial movie for Nivin Pauly who doesn’t have any recent box office hits.

Similarly, RDX starring Antony Varghese, Shane Nigam, and Neeraj Madhav is also hitting the marquee for Onam.

The makers of these three films claimed that their ventures would be perfect entertainers.

As the Malayalam industry witnessed no major hits after 2018 which was released in May this year, the theatres in Kerala have been facing a dull period since then.

However, films like Oppenheimer, Mission Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part One, Madhura Manohara Moham, and Voice of Sathyanathan came to their rescue.

Meanwhile, Rajinikanth’s Jailer (2023) helped the exhibitors sustain themselves.

Anoop Naroor, one of the partners in Kannur-based Aura Cinemas, told South First that Jailer came as a huge relief for the exhibitors in Kerala and helped them recover their losses.

“But for us to sustain or remain steady, the Onam releases too should taste success at the box office. The theatres will be back on track only if these films perform well. Well, we have good expectations for King of Kotha, RDX, and Ramachandra Boss & Co,” he added.

Another exhibitor from Kochi also expressed the same opinion. “All the shows for King of Kotha have been booked and we expect a good Onam season this year,” he said.

There are four major releases this Onam — King of Kotha, Ramachandra Bose & Co, RDX, and Achanoru Vazha Vechu (a small-budget movie).